Errand of Mercy – Ft. Mark

Introducing… the Klingons! Errand of Mercy is most widely known as the first appearance of Klingons in Star Trek, but it also brings a slew of topics to the table: powerful god-like beings, the details of Kirk’s misions, and early Klingon characterization. Does the Klingon introduction go smoothly? Mark joins me to discuss all this and more!

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The Devil in the Dark – Ft. Mark

When the Enterprise is called to a mining planet to stop a murderous monster, Kirk and Spock are forced to consider a different perspective! The Devil in the Dark is a pretty famous episode of TOS, but how does it hold up? Mark joins me to discuss fuchsia jumpsuits, acid burns on your hands, and the ethics of mind melding!

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This Side of Paradise – Ft. Modi Operandus

Spores! When the Enterprise discovers a planet filled with happy people contentedly gardening, it’s up to Kirk to completely destroy their way of life. Plus, some crazy plants shoot spores everywhere and make Spock feel emotion. Modi joins me for a discussion about the ethics of hedonism, Vulcan love interests, and squatting on mushrooms!

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A Taste of Armageddon

When the Enterprise discovers a planet that has been waging a simulated war for 500 years, Kirk must do his best to convince a stubborn people that they have no reason to fight any longer. A solid episode built around an interesting concept, A Taste of Armageddon uses the show’s sci-fi trappings extremely well. Wes is alone on this mission (guests will be returning soon!), so join him as he discusses simulated wars, generic middles, and sitting on people!

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Space Seed – Ft. Clay

KAAAAAAHHHHNNN! Well… not yet. When the Enterprise encounters a sleeper ship of genetically engineered supermen from the 1990’s, Kirk meets the man who will eventually become his greatest adversary. In the meantime, we get to enjoy some tai chi and technical manuals! Clay stops by to discuss the origin of the Kahn character, and we touch on other topics that include: 23rd century women vs. The Game, the many outfits of genetically engineered supermen, and Scotty’s favorite dictators!

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Arena – Ft. Modi Operandus

Kirk fought the Gorn, and time stood still! When the Enterprise is attacked at a destroyed colony, Kirk and an alien captain are transported to a desolate world and told to fight to the death. Will Kirk’s karate chops be enough to slay the incredibly slow lizard-man? Modi stops by to discuss Kirk’s grenade launcher, assuming all technology is a recording device, and piles of colorful dust!

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Balance of Terror – Ft. Clay

When the Enterprise encounters a powerful Romulan ship, Kirk engages that ship’s commander in a battle of wits and explosions! Balance of Terror is a Trek take on submarine battle films, and has the important job of introducing the Romulans, Trek’s longest running antagonist. Clay joins me to discuss Romulan motivations, racism on board the Enterprise, and unfortunate deaths!

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The Conscience of the King – Ft. Clay

Kodos the Executioner was responsible for the deaths of 4,000 people: could he possibly be on board the Enterprise, posing as a Shakespearean actor? When Kirk discovers the possibility that his old nemesis Kodos might still be alive, he sets off on a confusing adventure to right the wrongs of the past! Clay joins me to discuss Shakespeare, recording the captain’s log, and throwing phasers down the garbage chute!

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The Man Trap – Ft. Modi Operandus

After beaming down to a desert planet, Dr McCoy runs into an old flame from his past. However, she looks like she hasn’t aged a day! Soon after, dead bodies start to pile up and salt becomes a vital commodity! The Man Trap is a mystery filled with romance, illusions, and salt tablets! Modi stops by to discuss unfortunate reveals, beating up women, and the last buffalo!

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The Corbomite Maneuver – Ft. Clay

With the first “real” episode of TOS, Kirk and crew (including Dr McCoy!) run into a mysterious floating square, blow it up, and then come face to face with a dummy and a young Clint Howard! The Corbomite Maneuver is an iconic episode of the show, and it contains many of the hallmarks that people would come to know and love. Clay stops by to discuss eating leafy greens, technicolor uniforms, and the ages of Captains Kirk and Picard!

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Where No Man Has Gone Before – Ft. Modi Operandus

The second pilot for Star Trek features fisticuffs, god like beings, and William Shatner as James R.(?) Kirk! When a crew member becomes granted immense powers at the edge of the galaxy, Kirk has to decide if he can save the life of his friend, even if it means risking the Enterprise and all of humanity to destruction. Modi Operandus stops by to discuss playing grab ass during red alerts, how to kill a god, and shouty-pants Spock!

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The Cage – Ft. Clay

TOS shot multiple pilots, and the first one featured a somewhat depressed captain named Christopher Pike! With an entirely different crew (except for an unusually emotional Mr. Spock), The Cage was Roddenberry’s first attempt at Star Trek. We all know that the series ultimately went in a different direction, but was The Cage any good in the first place? Clay joins me to discuss seductive lounging, sad captains, and casual misogyny!

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TOS Introduction

Having finished TNG, the podcast is moving backwards in time to The Original Series! We’ll be covering about ~20 episodes from the three seasons of TOS, and then moving into the TOS and TNG movies. This episode does some general podcast housekeeping, lists the episodes we’ll be covering, and provides some updates on the show!

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TNG Series Wrap Up

That’s all she wrote for Star Trek: The Next Generation! Clay and Modi join me to discuss the entirity of the series, from Farpoint to All Good Things. We discuss the highs and lows, how TNG stacks up to modern television, and how it stands now, as a relic of the past, in early 2017. We follow that discussion with a Q&A section, where we answer many questions that listeners sent in. Finally, the winners for series ending giveaway are drawn, and two lucky listeners snag some fancy Blu-Rays!

Also, here are the TNG Ratings.

Thanks for listening, and hopefully you’ll follow along as we move on to TOS!

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Season Seven Wrap Up

That’s the end of TNG! In this episode, Wes does his usual recap of the season, this time for TNG S7. He discusses his general opinion of the 7th season, goes over the best and worst episodes, hands out some made up awards and breaks down where this year stands in comparison to the other 6 years.

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All Good Things… – Ft. Modi & Clay

All good things… must come to an end. We finish our series of podcasts on TNG with the brilliant finale, “All Good Things…”! For over two years this podcast was examined each and every episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, and this culminates in one of the best series finales that has ever been aired on television. When Picard discovers that he is jumping into different timelines, Q appears and reveals that Picard will ultimately be responsible for the destruction of humanity. Modi and Clay join me to discuss finales in general, the sky being the limit, and saying goodbye.

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Preemptive Strike – Ft. Trekabout

This is it! The last “regular” episode of TNG before the feature length finale! Obviously, this will be an episode that focuses on our main cast, who we’ve been with for over seven years… right? Trekabout’s Eric and Richard join me to discuss “Preemptive Strike”, an episode built around the Maquis and Ro Laren, and which surprisingly features very little of the main cast. We break down failures of episodic story telling, supporting actors, and weird episode placement.

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Emergence – Ft. Clay

The Enterprise has been a sort of character over the course of seven seasons. We’ve come to know it like the back of our hand. But what if it actually became a sentient being? “Emergence” tries to deal with this question, and it ends up with mixed results. Clay joins me to discuss bendy straw aliens, holodecks gone wild, and golden bricks!

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TNG Giveaway

As we wrap up TNG, we’re doing a celebratory giveaway! This short podcast will detail the prizes and how to go about entering the contest. Thanks to all of our listeners, and especially our patrons on Patreon, who make this possible. Good luck!

For entries, please use thepenskyfilevideo@gmail.

Bloodlines – Ft. Clay

Daimon Bok is back, and this time he’s got a plot so confusing that it will surely render Picard brain dead! In “Bloodlines”, Picard learns that he has a son, and he also learns that his old enemy Bok is going to kill him (the son). What can be done? Who will be sub space transported? Clay joins me to discuss momentum, the Knightfall storyline, and exposition dumps!

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Firstborn – Ft. Modi Operandus

Alexander is a tragic figure in Star Trek, and his last TNG appearance only reinforces that argument! When a mysterious Klingon appears and attempts to train Alexander to become a warrior, Worf becomes uneasy with the new direction. Also, time travel! Modi stops by to discuss blades from the future, DS9 cameos, and ineffective time travel.

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Journey’s End

Wesley Crusher, we hardly knew ye. When Picard is tasked with removing a colony of Native Americans from the Cardassian demilitarized zone, Welsey Crusher returns with a bad attitude and some doubts about his future as a Starfleet officer! Symbolizing his own “journey’s end” Wes is alone on this episode to discuss admiral relations, the many vests of the 24th century, and the seven season character arc of Cadet Crusher!

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Genesis – Ft. Modi Operandus

My Charizard is de-evolving (devolving?) into a Charmeleon! When Data and Picard return from a mission to find the Enterprise adrift in space, they end up stumbling into a nightmarish scenario of animal crew members and lizard-cats! Modi Operandus joins me to discuss the oft maligned “Genesis”: does the body horror work? We also talk being as cool as a cucumber, Gates McFadden as a director, and the benefit of being subtle!

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Eye of the Beholder – Ft. Tana & Sean

Suicide! Homicide! The Enterprise has a busy weeky, dealing with all these -cides! When Troi investigates a crew members recent suicide, she uncovers a mystery that spans back to the construction of the Enterprise. Tana and Sean join me to discuss the Worf and Troi romance, Boggs from Shawshank Redemption, and skeletons in the warp nacelle!

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Masks – Ft. Tana & Sean

When an alien archive slowly transforms the Enterprise into a new version of a long dead civilization, Data begins to lose his mind! Picard and the rest of the crew must solve the dilemma of Data’s multiple personalities, and without the use of the observation lounge (which is now a swamp). Tana and Sean stop by to discuss alien myths, too many personalities, and the nature of communication!

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Thine Own Self – Ft. Amy

If nothing else, Data is true to his own programming. When he’s sent to recover radioactive material on a primative world, an accident wipes his memory and the radioactive material makes its way to a nearby village! Plus, Troi takes the Starfleet SATs. Amy joins me to discuss Bill Shakespeare, the humors of the body, and Data as Jesus Christ.

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Lower Decks – Ft. Trekabout

There are over a thousand people on the Enterprise, but to this point the show has only focused on seven or eight of them: what are all the other people doing? “Lower Decks” tries to answer this question by following four young officers as they undergo evaluations and secret missions! Trekabout’s Eric and Richard join me to discuss Ben vs Guinan, Dr Crusher asking everyone about their sex lives, and seeing the Enterprise through new eyes.

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Sub Rosa – Ft. Clay

Ghost sex! When Dr Crusher attends the funeral of her grandmother, she becomes involved in a Gothic romance with a sexy space ghost. Clay joins me to discuss one of the most reviled episodes in Star Trek history, and we both come away asking… was it that bad? Join us as we talk about Scottish caricatures, fog that rolls in, and why we dinnae light tha’ cahndle!

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Homeward – Ft. Modi Operandus

The Prime Directive is back! How can they screw it up this time? After the Enterprise decides to commit indirect genocide, Worf’s half-brother appears to try to talk some sense into our heroes! Modi Operandus is here to discuss “Homeward”, and we delve deeply into the flaws of the Prime Directive, Picard changing his mind, and people being pretty content with having their entire world view destroyed.

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The Pegasus – Ft. Christian

Ships with cloaks? What will they think of next? When Commander Riker’s former captain orders the Enterprise to find the long lost Pegasus, Picard becomes suspicious of his first officers motives! This is the episode that explains why the Federation doesn’t use cloaking devices, and Christian is here to discuss the details! We also touch on season seven in general, character backstories, and drinking with superiors!

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